Boy and two adults killed after being trapped in a farm silo: Police

A teenage boy and two adults have died after being trapped in a ranch silo in Pennsylvania, according to police.

Emergency services raced to the Amish family’s farm on Lower Brush Valley Road in Potter Town after reports that people were trapped inside a silo at about 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Christopher Fox, a Pennsylvania state police officer, said officers, firefighters and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were at the scene.

“PSP Rockview is working with local firefighters and EMS personnel on an incident in Lower Brush Valley in Center County. Updated information soon,” he added on Twitter.

Farm stock photo. The father and his two sons died inside the hermitage.
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Andrew Beller, 47, and his two sons, 14 and 19, died of asphyxiation from gas in the silo. Daily Times Center. It was not revealed how the three became trapped inside the silo.

Penn State University said silo gases, especially nitrogen dioxide, are harmful because they lead to severe irritation in the nose and throat.

Too high a concentration of the gas will cause immediate distress causing the person to fall and die within minutes.

In a statement obtained by the outlet, Center County Deputy Coroner Jason Brooks said their deaths were ruled an accident.

according to Center Daily Times, “Silo gas is a dangerous thing. There’s no warning. It happens quickly,” said Dave Fetterwolf, chief of the Center County Farm Bureau.

NEWSWEEK Contact PSP for comment.

In a related incident earlier in September, a worker died after being involved in a corn silo accident in Roseland, Nebraska, according to reports. According to a KSNB Local 4 report, 34-year-old Travis Thelander was declared dead when his body was found.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office said the accident occurred at the CHS Agricultural Services Center, and confirmed Thylander was working there.

Grain silo workers face many hazards in the workplace and within silos, death can occur in a variety of ways, according to an Iowa State University report.

In a 2022 article, some said that the period from 20 to 26 February is considered a safety week for bin grain. With the aim of raising awareness of the risks associated with grain storage.

“More than two-thirds of American grain is stored on the farm without OSHA standards for safety protocols,” the report said. “It is up to you to keep yourself, your employees, your spouse, children, and grandchildren safe from the dangers of the grain basket.”

“A flowing pill can trap a person standing on the pill in just 4 to 5 seconds, and that person will be completely covered by the pill in about 22 seconds, according to the Grain Processing Safety Alliance.”

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